Easily load and display JSON from a valid API endpoint.

After fruitless searches around the web for an easy to implement, lazyload-type plugin that interacted with JSON resources, I decided to create one. This plugin allows you to asynchronously load and paginate a JSON response from an API and display it on your site.


Table of Contents


Be sure you have the latest version of jQuery and the LazyJSON files included on your site.

<script src=""></script>
<script src="js/jquery.lazyjson.min.js"></script>

Important Notes

Due to same origin policy, remote API endpoints must support JSONP. Local API endpoints default to a plain JSON AJAX request, but you can force a local JSONP request if needed.


Quick Start

An example of basic setup - the bare necessities.


        id: 0,
        data: {
            first_name: "Allison",
            last_name: "Baggins"
        id: 1,
        data: {
            first_name: "Arthur",
            last_name: "Baggins"


<!-- your container must have an ID -->
<div id="lazyjson">

    <!-- template -->
    <!-- template ID uses prefix 'template-' and ID of container by default -->
    <div id="template-lazyjson">
        <h3>{{data.first_name}} {{data.last_name}}</h3>
        <p>ID: {{id}}</p>
    <!-- /template -->



$( 'div#lazyjson' ).lazyjson({
    api: {
        uri: 'YOUR_API_ENDPOINT'


These are the available plugin options, with defaults set below.

$( 'div#lazyjson' ).lazyjson({

    // Fire the first API call on page load
    loadOnInit: true,

     * Templating

    // The template element's ID prefix (e.g. "#template-lazyjson" for $('#lazyjson').lazyjson())
    templatePrefix: 'template-',

    // The loader element, will also accept a jQuery object
    loader: '<div id="lj-loader" style="text-align:center;padding:20px;"><img /></div>',

    // The URL or path to the loader image to assign to the loader object
    loaderImg: null,

    // Element displayed when results don't exist, will also accept a jQuery object
    noResults: '<div id="lj-noresponse" style="text-align:center;padding:20px;"></div>',

    // Text to display in default noResults element
    noResultsText: 'No Results Found',

     * Effects

    // The delay between display of animated results
    delay: 50,

    // Set an animation for result display, currently accepts 'slideDown' and 'fadeIn'
    effect: null,

     * Pagination

    pagination: {

        // Turn pagination on or off
        active: false,

        // The # of pages to load on init
        pages: 1,

        // The # of results to load per page
        count: 10,

        // Append results to container without replacing current set
        appendResults: false,

        Load Events

        // Activate lazy load, overrides other load events
        lazyLoad: false,

        // jQuery selector for next result set button
        nextBtn: '',

        // jQuery selector for previous result set button
        prevBtn: 'a.previous',

        // Set a custom load event (click, blur, focus, hover, etc.)
        loadOnEvent: null,

        // jQuery selector for the custom event target
        loadOnTarget: null

     * API

    api: {

        // The API endpoint, local or remote
        uri: null,

        // GET or POST request
        httpMethod: 'GET',

        // Force JSONP on local requests
        forceJSONP: false,

        // Send pagination vars to API in AJAX request
        pagination: false,

        // Set key of current page # param sent in API request
        pagesKey: 'page',

        // Set key of limit param sent in API request
        limitKey: 'limit',

        // Set key of offset param sent in API request
        offsetKey: 'offset',

        // Additional params to send with each request
        params: {}

     * Debug

    // Turn debug mode on or off
    debug: false,

     * Callbacks

    // Fires after load event
    afterLoad: function (res) {}